Texas & Florida Disaster Response Missions Recap

Texas & Florida Disaster Response Missions Recap

For ten days, SDIA had Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) deployed in Texas and Florida to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. The teams worked diligently to help as many residents as possible, and it appears our work there is done. No further missions to Texas or Florida are planned at this time. Following is a final recap of the Texas and Florida missions.   TAMPA & JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - Sept. 11-14 Two DRTs made up of 15 SDIA members and volunteers from our Eastern TN Team as well as Florida & Virginia conducted chainsaw operations in New Port Richey, Tampa and Jacksonville. Teams worked hard and: cleared 31 properties and 2 roads of debris and more than 50 trees; covered damaged roofs; distributed more than 200 cs of water and 15+ cs non-perishable food to residents and linemen working to restore power. For more photos from the Florida DRM, visit our Facebook album.     ROCKPORT & FULTON, TEXAS - Sept. 14-20 19 Members and volunteers from...
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DRM Update: Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

DRM Update: Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Over the past two weeks, SDIA has deployed Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) to assist those affected by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. ROCKPORT & FULTON, TEXAS The DRT left Northwest AR on Thur., Sept. 14, and was followed on Sept. 16 by a team from Gunter & Smith Professional Cleaning Services (GSPCS) with heavy equipment, and two 26' trucks of supplies from GSPCS and Gary Eckel. Crews were able to set up their Command Center and had a secure area to stage equipment on Decker Womack's property. From 9/14-19, the DRTs: Cleared 15 properties of debris and large oak trees, where the two skid loaders with grapples proved invaluable; Distributed 1,200 cs of water; and Distributed clothing, hygiene supplies, diapers, cleaning and other supplies. As Rockport's systems were restored, the DRT moved north to Fulton, which was practically destroyed by Harvey. DRTs finished up their work orders and began their return home 9/20. TAMPA & JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA Two DRTs made up of 15 SDIA members and volunteers conducted...
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SDIA’s DRM to South Texas 8/20-9/4/17

SDIA’s DRM to South Texas 8/20-9/4/17

As SDIA Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) work to assist those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida, DRTs will also redeploy on Thur., Sept. 14, to Rockport, Texas, to continue with muck-out operations in that area.   While we await news of their hard work, here is a recap of – and a few stories from – the recent Disaster Response Mission (DRM) to Texas.   The first DRT departed from Northwest Arkansas the evening of 8/29, stopping at Bethel Ranch in Texas to rest for the night - THANK YOU for your generosity and hospitality, Bethel Ranch! The next morning the DRT continued to Houston. On the way, they stopped to visit Non-Profit Partner, Carry The Load (CTL), in Dallas. CTL blessed SDIA with a $20,000 contribution toward assistance efforts, and 3 truckloads of supplies the next day. Thank you, Carry The Load! After arriving in Spring, TX, the DRT set up their Command Center, and once they began receiving work orders, the teams got...
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SDIA Hurricane Harvey DRM Update 9.3.17

SDIA Hurricane Harvey DRM Update 9.3.17

Over 130 SDIA Members, Volunteers and 1st Battalion, 23rd Regiment Marines have been working long, hard days in 90+ degree heat helping the people of Texas begin recovering from Hurricane Harvey's devastation. Yesterday alone, the DRTs worked in 7 different areas to:   Deliver water, food & medical supplies to residents and aid stations;   Boat assist 7 families in Beaumont and Memorial to retrieve medications and IDs/needed documents;   Muck-out 14 homes; and   Chainsaw 13 properites clear of trees & debris.   Today - the last day of this deployment, 130 SDIA members, volunteers and Marines will be mucking out 14 homes in Spring, Texas. Most homes in the area had water up to the ceiling on the first level, which requires removal of all flooring, sheetrock and insulation. One of many moving moments during this mission happened after the teams finished their work yesterday. One group had mucked out a Marine Vietnam Veteran's home the day before; in a closet the team found an old USMC blanket that...
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SDIA Hurricane Harvey DRM Update 9.1.17

SDIA Hurricane Harvey DRM Update 9.1.17

Over the past 72 hours, much work has been done by your SDIA Disaster Response Teams (DRTs) and volunteers from the 1st Battalion, 23rd Regiment Marines - all 130+ of them!   800lbs of food & medical supplies, and 300cs water were distributed. 7 boat crews rescued and/or assisted more than 170 Houston residents. 5 chainsaw teams cleared trees & debris from 9 homes in and around Rockport. 13 homes were mucked-out in northwest Houston.   Today, more than 70 SDIA members, volunteers and 1/23 Marines will be hard at work. Boat crews were dispatched to Houston & Beaumont. Muck-out teams will clear homes in Northwest Houston and the Rockport areas. Non-perishable food, medical supplies, and bottled water will be distributed by all DRTs.   At this time, SDIA will not be deploying additional DRTs to Texas. When fuel and other issues are rectified in the next week or two, SDIA plans to deploy DRTs again to continue muck out, chainsaw, and food/water distributiion operations. Watch your inbox and...
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SDIA Teams in Texas to Assist in Recovery

SDIA Teams in Texas to Assist in Recovery

On Tues., 8/29, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) deployed Disaster Response Team 1 (DRT1) to the Houston area to assist with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. 20+ SDIA Members and Volunteers are on site; they were joined yesterday by a large contigency of 1st Battlion 23rd Regiment Marines that are stationed or live in the area.   DRT1 received their orders this morning and are on the move to help as many Texans as possible. 5 boat crews will assist with rescue operations in the Houston area. 5 chainsaw teams will clear trees & debris and cover roofs & windows in Rockport, which sustained significant wind/storm damage, but little flood damage. Remaining DRT1 members will conduct muck-out operations in Northwest Houston where waters have begun to recede.     DRT2 will arrive tomorrow (9/1) with additional SDIA Members and Volunteers to assist in our recovery operations. By Friday, more than 60 SDIA members and volunteers will have deployed from our Central Arkansas, Eastern Tennessee, Greater Cincinnati, Kansas, Michigan,...
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2017 Spring Outdoor Adventures – Part 2

2017 Spring Outdoor Adventures – Part 2

Our Outdoor Adventure program is in full swing this spring! Recently you read the story on our Hog Hunt and Quail Hunt; now we'll tell you about our fishing and muddy adventures. These experiences present our sponsored Sheep Dogs - those injured in combat or the line of duty - with challenges that test their rehabilitation progress, restore independence and self-confidence, and foster camaraderie and peer support - two things that are vital to inspiring a positive state of mind and perspective. 2017 Spring White River Fishing Outdoor Adventure - The weekend of April 24-26, SDIA held their second annual White River Fishing Outdoor Adventure at Newland's Float Trips, Lodge & Conference Center in Lakeview, AR. Sponsors Broadway Contracting and United Rental went out of their way to make this trip a memorable experience for our three sponsored combat-wounded Army veterans: SSGT Ryan Waddell, SSGT Steve Charles, and SSGT Forrest Montgomery. A weekend of fishing, grilling, and camaraderie was just what...
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2017 Spring Outdoor Adventures

2017 Spring Outdoor Adventures

This spring has been a busy one for Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), hosting four different Outdoor Adventures in three states, all within three months. This week's story will feature our annual Hog Hunt and Quail Hunt; watch next week for a story on our first Fishing Trip and our St. Louis Chapter's Muddy Adventure. Our Outdoor Adventure program came to be as we waited for disasters to which our disaster response teams could deploy and satisfy their innate desire to serve and help those around them. We needed a continued service opportunity that would keep our Sheep Dogs engaged, physically challenged and foster camaraderie. An obstacle course race fit the bill. SDIA has since expanded the adventures to include other outdoor activities like hunting & fishing trips, skydiving, scuba diving and more. For our sponsored Sheep Dogs (those injured in combat or the line of duty), these adventures present them with challenges that test their rehabilitation progress, restore independence and self-confidence,...
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